More Americans would back a generic Republican candidate over President Joe Biden in 2024 as his approval ratings hit record lows, a new Morning Consult/Politico poll finds—but while ex-President Donald Trump is favored to win the GOP nomination, neither him nor the other top Republican contenders would beat Biden in a head-to-head matchup.
The poll, conducted January 22-23 among 2,005 registered voters, found 46% would back a generic Republican candidate in 2024, while 37% would vote for Biden.
If Biden ran against Trump, however, 46% would vote for Biden and 45% would vote for Trump.
Trump polled the closest to Biden of any potential GOP candidate, with the president also beating out former Vice President Mike Pence (with 44% for Biden and 42% for Pence), Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (44% to 39%) and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (45% to 39%).
Trump remains the favorite to win the Republican nomination, with 50% of Republican respondents saying they’d support him in the GOP primary, followed by DeSantis at 14% and Pence at 13%.
If Trump doesn’t run in 2024, his son Donald Trump Jr. and DeSantis are the favorites for the GOP nomination—with 25% and 24% support, respectively—followed by Pence with 12%.
However, 23% of GOP respondents said they’d prefer someone else besides the candidates polled, which also included Cruz, former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley and Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah).
42%. That’s how many respondents have a favorable view of Trump, versus 55% who view him unfavorably. Biden is only slightly more popular, with 43% holding a favorable view and 52% an unfavorable one.